One of our young customers is 9-years old and recently announced the beginning of her latest quilt: a twin bed size postage stamp scrap quilt.
Here are some pictures of her progress:
Scraps ready to cut into 2 1/2 inch squares.
Squares in a shoe box (a good organizing tool)
Some finished strips.
This girl sews on a 50-year old Dressmaker machine that belonged to her great-grandmother Carmen. She is the fourth generation to use the machine. A good start, I’d say. We’ll keep you posted on her progress as she turns it in.
These are her basic instructions for this quilt:
1. Cut a lot of random scrap fabric into 2 1/2 inch strips and then into 2 1/2 inch squares. Mom does this with the rotary cutter while I iron.
2. Mix them all up so you can see if you have a good assortment of colors. Some need to be very dark, and some need to be very bright, and some need to be very light. Don’t worry if the colors go together, it will all look good later on.
3. Make a pile of 32 squares. This is the width of your quilt.
4. Sew them together. I sew two at a time in a chain. Then make four. Then eight. Then sixteen. The last group sews the whole strip of 32 together.
5. Press all your seams one direction.
6. Make 42 of these strips.
7. That is as far as I have made it, but when all the strips are done I will sew them together. This will make a very big rectangle about 64 1/2 inches by 84 1/2 inches. I am going to put a 2 1/2 small border and a 4 1/2 larger border around the outside when they are all joined together. Then it will be just the size for my bed.
8. Don’t give up because there are a lot of pieces (1344). Try to sew just one strip a day. It takes about 20 minutes to do one strip all the way.